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Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Dawn de Vries

We urge Sedgemoor District Council to close down a controversial industrial chicken farm

Sedgemoor District Council has the opportunity and the authority to declare the site of a controversial industrial chicken farm in East Huntspill as unauthorised and order it to close down and be demolished (please note that it's unlikely there would be job losses – all the work is contracted out). Please help us persuade the Council to do the right thing by signing our petition. So why is the chicken farm controversial? Why should it be shut down? It is a planning, pollution control and animal welfare disaster that is making our lives a misery and has blighted our part of the lovely Somerset countryside – and no one affected by it had any say in the matter! The livelihoods of people nearby and the welfare of farm animals are being completely disregarded by an insensitive, profit-hungry conglomerate that thinks it can flout the rules and get away with it. This is an example of the worst side of capitalism defeating democracy and breaking the law. Up until now, the two authorities involved – the Council and the Environment Agency – have done nothing to relieve our suffering but there is now a chance for the Council to rectify the situation. The arrogance of the site’s owner, Amber Real Estate Investments, and the operator Hook 2 Sisters (both part of the scandal-ridden Boparan Holdings), could turn out to be their undoing; an expert planning consultant has declared that their contraventions of the planning permission are so significant as to render the permission invalid and that their application to resolve the ‘errors’ and effectively wipe the slate clean, is unlawful. We just need Sedgemoor District Council to agree and make a decision that supports the people it is meant work for, and not favour a multi-million-pound business that brings no economic or social benefit to this area – just the complete opposite. What are the impacts on our lives? The unfiltered odour from the ammonia and faeces of over 300,000 factory reared chickens that builds up over every eight-week ‘crop cycle’ is causing significantly harmful impacts on the residents and tourist-dependent businesses in the surrounding area. For three weeks of each cycle, locals dread going outside in their own gardens or opening their windows for fear of becoming nauseous; and tourist-related businesses are losing bookings because of the overpowering smell. One of the local schools kept the children inside on one occasion because the smell was so bad. According to Public Health England, the health of people living within a few hundred metres of the site risks being affected by bio-aerosols such as E-coli, salmonella and campylobacter. One nearby resident’s COPD has worsened, and they now require double their medication. Despite the Environment Agency having substantiated the complaints made about the odour since January 2017 as a high-level Category 2 breach of the environmental permit conditions, it has failed to take any enforcement action. The odour nuisance is also a breach of the planning permission which was approved on the basis it “…will not cause unacceptable levels of noise or odour…” Both the odour issue and the highly visual impact of five large industrial buildings in the middle of the countryside, each containing about 60,000 chickens living their short lives in their own faeces, are having a detrimental effect on the value and saleability of our properties and the income of local businesses. There is much more to this complex issue than can be covered here so for further details and background information, check out our Facebook page ‘Fowl Play in East Huntspill’. Thank you for your support.

Ian Stanbury
1,581 supporters
Update posted 1 year ago

Petition to The Planning Inspectorate, Harborough District Council, Houghton on the Hill Parish Council


Since early 2016, William Davis Ltd have made three planning applications to build houses on land off Winckley Close/North Way.  Nearly 300 local residents objected to the first two of these applications with not a single comment in support.  Our elected councillors on Harborough District Council's Planning Committee refused permission for each of the first two applications.  William Davis Ltd appealed unsuccessfully against rejection of the first application, then appealed against the second rejection and have, as of today (24 March 2017), lodged a new third application. Houghton on the Hill’s emerging Neighbourhood Plan is at an advanced stage and states an overwhelming preference for development on the north side of the village where planning permission for 87 new houses has already been granted.  The developers are fully aware of this but continue their aggressive drive to develop elsewhere before the Neighbourhood Plan can be enacted.  Building on the Winckley Close site is contrary to residents’ stated wishes andthe well-considered objectives of the emerging Neighbourhood Plan.  It is also in opposition to the majority decisions taken by our elected Councillors. Interested parties only have until 6 April 2017 to register comments on the second appeal and the new application on the Harborough District Council’s website - both links are below. However you may find this petition to be an easier and quicker way to express local opinion. Please register your opposition to the current William Davis Ltd appeal and the new application by signing this petition.  The petition will be delivered to the Planning Inspectorate and Harborough District Council on 6 April 2017 and therefore we request your support by no later than 6 April 2017.  The petition will continue to remain open after this date.  A written petition is also available in Houghton Post Office.  Please make your voice heard. Planning Inspectorate Reference: APP/F2415/W/17/3167822 Harborough District Council Reference: 17/00212/OUT  

Houghton Residents Group
152 supporters